Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression (Google eBook)

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The New Press, Dec 13, 2013 - History - 480 pages
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In this unique recreation of one of the most dramatic periods in modern American history, Studs Terkel recaptures the Great Depression of the 1930s in all its complexity. featuring a mosaic of memories from politicians, businessmen, artists, and writers, from those who were just kids to those who remember losing a fortune, Hard Times is not only a gold mine of information but a fascinating interplay of memory and fact, revealing how the Depression affected the lives of those who experienced it firsthand.

"A huge anthem in praise of the American spirit." —Saturday Review

"Wonderful! The American memory, the American way, the American voice. It will resurrect your faith in all of us to read this book." —Newsweek

"An invaluable record... The talk of people who remember and those who only heard; of those who suffered and those who didn't; of those who lost everything and those who had nothing to lose; and of those who were part of the problem, those who tried to solve it, and those who were caught in between." —The New York Times

"Open Studs Terkel's book to almost any page and rich memories spill out... Read a page, any page. Then try to stop." —National Observer
  

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Review: Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

Terkle's collection of oral histories illuminate the Great Depression, providing dozens of perspectives that defy expectation. It's a dense book, but never a chore to read, with fresh looks on an ... Read full review

Review: Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression

User Review  - Mary Louise Sanchez - Goodreads

First hand stories of people from different walks of life and their memories during the Great Depression. Mr. Terkel prefixes each interview with an updated account of the person during the time ... Read full review

Contents

A Personal Memoir and parenthetical comment
3
Jim Sheridan 15 A Everette McIntyre
20
Hard Travelin
26
Ed Paulsen 26 Pauline Kael 33 Frank Czerwonka 34 Kitty McCulloch 38 Dawn Kittys Daughter 39 Louis Banks
40
The Big Money
61
William Benton 61 Arthur A Robertson 67 Sidney J Weinberg
73
God Bless the Child
83
Daisy Singer 83 Robin Langston 84 Slim Collier
93
Concerning the New Deal
219
Means 219 Raymond Moley 222 C B Beanie Baldwin 228 Burton K Wheeler 243 David Kennedy 246 John Beecher
239
Wright Patman
259
Scarlet Banners and Novenas
274
Patterson 274 Max Shachtman 279 Dorothy Day 284 Fred Thompson 292 Saul Alinsky
296
The Gentleman from Kansas
319
A Cable
334
Hiram Chub Sherman 339 Neil Schaffner 346 Paul Draper 350 Little Brother Montgomery and Red Saunders 352 Jack Kirkland
351

Larry Van Dusen 102 E D Nixon
111
Three Strikes
127
Bob Stinson The Sitdown 127 Mike Widman The Battle of Detroit A Preface 133 Dr Lewis Andreas Memorial Day 1937
139
High Life
149
Sally Rand 149 Tony Soma 156 Alec Wilder 160 Doc Graham
162
Sixteen
173
Buddy Blankenship 173 Mary Owsley 177 Aaron Barkham
179
The Farmer Is the
185
Harry Terrell 185 Oscar Heline 190 Emil Loriks 196 Ruth Loriks His Wife 200 Clyde T Ellis
202
Fred Sweet 206 W D Don Maxwell 209 Carey McWilliams
211
Elizabeth Wood 358 Mick Shufro 362 Elsa Ponselle
364
Evictions Arrests and Other Running Sores
373
Mrs WillyeJeffries 373 Harry Hartman
379
Honor and Humiliation
390
Eileen Barth 390 Ward James 392 Howard Worthington
396
Strive and Succeed
405
Harry Norgard 405 General Robert E Wood 408 A A Fraser 411 Tom Sutton
413
Epilogue
432
Photo Credits
438
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About the author (2013)

Studs Terkel was an actor, writer, and radio host. He was born Louis Terkel on May 16, 1912 in New York City. He took his name from the James T. Farrell novel, Studs Lonigan. Terkel attended the University of Chicago and graduated with a law degree in 1934. Terkel acted in local stage productions and on radio dramas until he began one of the first television programs, an unscripted show called Studs Place in the early 1950s. In 1952, Terkel began Studs Terkel's Almanac on radio station WFMT in Chicago. Terkel compiled a series of books based on oral histories that defined America in the 20th Century. Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do received a National Book Award nomination in 1975. The Good War: An Oral History of World War II won the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction in 1985. Working was turned into a hit musical in 1978. Terkel was named the Communicator of the Year by the University of Chicago in 1969. He also won a Peabody Award for excellence in journalism in 1980 and the National Book Foundation Medal for contributions to American letters in 1997. He died on October 31, 2008 at the age of 96.

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